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Mixed Bag Monday

Mondays are full of surprises, aren’t they?

For starters, Riley woke up with an impressive case of pinkeye, which means he’s home from school, which means nothing I wanted to accomplish is getting accomplished.  Instead, I’m avoiding playing Candy Land, and I’m about to start my third load of laundry.

Here’s another one.  I discovered a dead squirrel on the street at the end of my driveway.  (It wasn’t me, I swear.)  Clearly the squirrel is worse off than me, but still, he’s ginning up some trouble.  My curious children want to examine him and reunite him with his mother.  They want to touch him and take him to the hospital.  He’s in good condition right now, but I don’t have a good feeling about how he’s going to look later in the day or week.

And another one.  Later this afternoon, the boys and I are taking Mike to the airport.  He’s flying to New York City on business until Friday afternoon.  This one isn’t a surprise, but it stinks anyway.

Despite the unpleasantries of the day, I’m in a pretty good mood (surprise!), and the way I see it, the week can only get better from here.  That is, unless the “pink guys” get Dylan.

Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, Dylan thought he had pinkeye (he didn’t) and said, “I’m going to look in the mirror and see if there are any pink guys in there.” That’s one for the memory book, which is why I’ve written it here, because I don’t remember the last time I put anything in a memory book for my kids.  Guilty Mama!  (It is Monday.)

The days ahead (Terrific Tuesday? Wonderful Wednesday?) have a lot of potential.  Until then, it’s Mixed Bag Monday.  And Meatless Monday, too!  Since I was stuck at home all day with my little pinkeyed monster, I made mushroom kale lasagna rolls.  Yum-o!  (Check out the recipe here.)  I’ll post a picture of the finished product on my Runaway Mama Facebook page later this evening, which is a good reason to “like” the page if you haven’t already done so (tisk tisk).

What kind of Monday are you having?

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Hump Day

Who am I if I’m not a Crazed Mama experiencing utter chaos and misery when my husband goes away on business and leaves me home alone with two small children and early morning wakes ups, late afternoon whining and bedtime drudgery?

Mike has been in New York City since Monday.  Even though I was up at 5am that morning (Mike caught a very early flight), the boys slept until 7am.  Having two cups of coffee (maybe three) and checking my email before they woke up made it feel like I slept in.  That night, they went to sleep without torturing me. 

On Tuesday, Riley slept until 7am again, and I stayed in bed until I heard him.  Can you imagine?  I felt like a kid sleeping until noon on a Saturday.  When Dylan woke up around 7:15, I discovered he had pinkeye.  I had to change all of my plans and take him to the doctor instead of camp, and do you know what I thought to myself? No big deal.  I can handle this.  (Yes, this positive take on the situation surprised me, too.)  

Dylan was a trooper with the wait at the doctor’s office and receiving eye drops, and despite his unexpected day off, I got a blog posted and I even did some work.   I took the boys to the park in the afternoon (major good mommy points…it was hot as hell outside), and I had no desire to strangle anyone with dental floss at bedtime.  In fact, the boys were down right adorable and no expletives were necessary.

Now, it’s Wednesday morning and the boys both slept until 7am again.  They (and their clear eyes) are at camp, and I’m thinking about how I assumed this was going to be a long and exhausting week, but instead, it’s already hump day and I haven’t slept this much in weeks.  I feel like an ex-smoker whose habits are harder to break than the actual nicotine addiction.  I’m supposed to complain a lot and wish I had more help, but instead I’m having a great week.  Am I looking forward to Friday when Mike comes home?  Yes.  Am I wondering if maybe he should travel for work more often?  A little bit.

How’s your week going?  

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